Pa. medical-pot facility would be in former bank – Herald-Mail Media
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — About two dozen people who attended a public hearing Tuesday night to hear details of proposed medical-marijuana dispensary in Chambersburg learned that it would be located in a former bank building.
Viridis Medicine LLC has signed a lease for the building at 405 Wayne Ave. to serve as the dispensary, according to Daniel Kearns, a representative with the company.
The building even has a vault if anyone is concerned about the storage of medical-marijuana products, he told the audience gathered at the Eugene C. Clarke Community Center.
The property is in a commercial-distributive neighborhood zone, Assistant Borough Manager Phil Wolgemuth said.
Borough council President Allen Coffman said approval by the panel for a dispensary is not required because a medical-marijuana facility is a permitted use in that type of zone.
The lease is contingent on whether Viridis is granted a permit for a dispensary from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Kearns said before the hearing.
The company also is seeking a permit for a 50,000-square-foot greenhouse in York County, Pa., to grow and process marijuana into pills, liquids, topical ointments and other forms of medication allowed by Pennsylvania Act 16, a law passed last year that provides for medical marijuana in the state.
No smokable or edible marijuana products are allowed under the state law, Kearns said.
The health department is accepting applications between Monday and March 20, he told those in attendance, including some borough officials who were briefed on the details the night before.
Kearns estimated that with permitting, construction and other considerations, medical marijuana likely won’t be available to patients until the first or second quarter of 2018.
Before the presentation, Councilwoman Sharon Bigler said she supports medical marijuana and having a dispensary in the borough.
“I have a sister with Crohn’s disease, and two friends who have died of brain tumors,” she said.
The legalization of medical marijuana will allow for more research into its possible uses in the treatment of a number of diseases, she said.
Seventeen diseases and conditions currently are covered by the law, including cancer, Parkinson’s disease and intractable pain and seizures, according to a list presented during Kearns’ presentation.
Patients would have to get a medical-marijuana card from the health department after being examined by their physician, Kearns said.
Cards would be good for up to a year before renewal, and the amount of medical marijuana that a patient could receive would be limited by the law, he said.
Kearns said that Viridis Medicine plans to apply for a clinical-registrant license once it becomes available. That would allow the company to partner with a university or hospital to conduct clinical research, he said.
The dispensary, if approved, would have multiple layers of security, including “24/7 video surveillance inside and out,” and silent and audible alarms, Kearns said.
A physician or pharmacist would have to be on premises during operating hours. And although employees can’t be armed, contract security and transportation services would carry weapons, he said.